A quick shout out to Sushi & Friends

My sister (who is fast becoming a WFD ambassador) and I wandered down to the Urban Food Festival recently which had the theme of “Japanese Harajuku girls & Korean Gagnam boys”. We weren’t hungry so aside from drinking Hite Korean beer we were just chilling out. I had a crazing for some sushi though and initially panicked when I couldn’t immediately see any (my food cravings make me rather excitable!) but thankfully Sushi & Friends came to the rescue. I opted for some Nigiri Prawn (3 for £2), which was fresh well made and came with everything you would expect – pickled ginger, wasabi paste and soy sauce. Far better than a packet of crisps!

The Sushi & Friends Selection

The Sushi & Friends Selection

Nigiri Prawn

Nigiri Prawn

If you missed them at The Urban Food Festival, you can find Sushi & Friends in Old Street Station.

 

10 reasons to visit Broadway Market

I enjoy wandering through the markets of this great city and one of my favourites is Broadway Market as it’s very close to where I grew up. I recently went for a visit with my sister and had a lovely day out. Located a stone’s throw away from Haggerston and just off London Fields, the Saturday market is full of delightful finds!

Here are 10 simple reasons that you should head down to Broadway Market.

1. It’s in Hackney. I was born in Hackney so needless to say that it must be a very special and amazing place.

2. It’s a seafood lovers dream, there are number of fishmonger stalls and shops as well as a great fish and chip shop or 2! I had some beautiful smoked salmon from the Hansen & Lydersen stall, for just £3 it is a mouthwateringly perfect snack.

Hansen & Lydersen Stall

Hansen & Lydersen Stall

3. You can drink yourself healthy! Aside from some smoothie stalls, we discovered The Gingerbeer Engine – which served freshly made gingerbeer, a perfect thirst quencher on a warm spring day!

The Ginger Beer Engine

The Ginger Beer Engine

4. It doesn’t just have food stands! There’s a great vintage stall which sells great quality vintage pieces every week. I picked up a retro clutch purse for £5, I love a good bargain. There are also stalls that sell books, crafts and kiddies clothes. There really is something for everyone.

5. There’s lots of cheese, lots and lots of cheese (which I love). I bought some brie for just 80p, which had a melt in the mouth texture and went well with fresh bread.

6. If you love olives or olive oil then you’ll be in heaven! In fact just off Broadway market we discovered “The Isle of Olive“, a store which specialises in selling Greek products including a vast array of olives! I bought some hummus to go with the fresh bread and cheese we had bought.

Snacks with our Broadway Market Delights

Snacking on our Broadway Market Delights

7. The market is sandwiched between an vast array of pubs, cafes and restaurants which means you can never be bored. One of my favourite steak restaurants, Buan Ayre is located in Broadway Market and after countless times of going there it has never disappointed me!

8. If you have a sweet tooth there are lots of great independent bakers, selling cakes, fudge, brownies, marshmallows and more.

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The London Marshmallow Company

9. If you love to cook you’ll find stalls that sell unusual ingredients, chutneys, sauces and marinades to experiment with at reasonable prices.

The Newton & Pott Stall

The Newton & Pott Stall

10. It’s not just for tourists. Broadway Market is a great local market and it’s perfect for all, so if you feel like being a tourist in your own city head down!

http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/

@broadway_mkt

Me Encanta Cantina Laredo Mexican Restaurant

There was a time when I could speak Spanish to some degree of fluency…alas that is no longer the case however I can still eat in Spanish! Me Encanta means “I love/I am enchanted by” and I have to say I really did love my experience at “Cantina Laredo”. It describes itself as a modern Mexican restaurant, my experience with many other Mexican restaurants in London is that they are just not authentic or they lack a depth of flavour, so I tend to steer clear of them. However I  discovered Cantina Laredo with Mr. WFD, as we wandered through Covent Garden.  Its slick exterior tempted us to enter and we were greeted by exceptionally friendly bar staff.

We weren’t particularly hungry but wanted some snacks – upon a recommendation from one of the super friendly bar tenders we ordered the signature dish “Guacamole En Molcajete” which comes with warm tortilla crisps. I wasn’t expecting what was to arrive!!! To my delight a member of staff made the guacamole in front of us. The avocado, tomatoes, spices, lime, coriander and onions were combined to create quite simply the best guacamole I have EVER tasted. One would think that with such simple ingredients, that it would be impossible to get wrong however I have tasted too many dodgy guacamole dips to know the difference. It was just delicious.

Guacamole En Molcajete

Guacamole En Molcajete

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After we had almost licked the bowl we order Empanadas de Pollo, chicken empanadas served with tomatillo and pistachio sauce. Again another delightful snack, perfect for a spring afternoon.

Empanadas de Pollo

Empanadas de Pollo

Mr. WFD was feeling adventurous and ordered a special Mexican drink called a Chavela, beer mixed with tomato juice and a dash of hot pepper sauce (or tabasco sauce). Upon tasting his drink, I felt like a bit of a wimp with my Cabernet Sauvignon seemed rather dull (though that did not stop me from ordering 2 glasses).

I cannot recommend Cantina Laredo enough. Head down there with friends, family or even alone.

Perfect for:

  • Parties
  • Drinks
  • Date night

http://www.cantinalaredo.co.uk/

@cantinalaredoUK